Dance Parties Alert! Jungle Boogie and ’80s Prom
One question I get sometimes is “where can I go dancing in Memphis?” I also hear comments like “I wish there were dance parties in Memphis”.
While we have plenty of clubs and bars where you can dance in Memphis, aka where DJs regularly perform for established dancing-friendly nights, but in terms of an This Is A Dance Party With A Theme And Everyone Is Attending Specifically To Dance thing, Jungle Boogie is arguably the only one.
Dance Party One: Jungle Boogie
I can’t explain Jungle Boogie any better than Mark at the CA did here, but essentially it’s a later-night club event featuring world/house music with DJ Funke. Their Twitter bio says they’re “a global dance party that promotes diversity” and it happens every two or three months, usually. You can check out their Instagram, too.
The next Jungle Boogie is at the Hi-Tone – where most of the past parties have gone down – on Saturday, February 18 at 9 p.m. It’s 18+ and the cover is $10.
Dance Party Two: 80s Prom from Bubble Pop
I found out today there’s a another dance party happening in February. This one is organized by a new Memphis duo Kristi and Bridget Ryan, aka Bubble Pop. The party, dubbed “’80s Prom” is on February 25, 2017 at the 1884 Lounge at Minglewood Hall. It is of course an ’80s themed please-wear-costumes shindig with LA-based DJ Phil Quinaz spinning.
Kristi and Bridget moved to Memphis from Los Angeles this summer. They hope to create “something special, different than anything else you can find in Memphis” with these dance parties. Kristi is especially excited about the DJ.
“We first met the DJ when he was playing at an event in L.A. a few years ago and we were blown away,” she told me. “I don’t think I’ve ever danced so hard in my life.” Sounds good, Kristi! She reports that they’ll also have prom picture photo and a corsage/boutonniere making station, and emphasizes that this is for single and couples alike.
Bubble Pop’s ’80s Prom will be 21+ and tickets are $24 in advance or $26 at the door. I’m told that if this one goes well, they’ll host two more dance parties this year; their websites lists “Boogie Nights” for June and “A Nightmare To Remember” for October.
There have been a few false starts with similar themed dance parties in the past few years, so I hope this new one starts strong and the series continues. I’m all for more dancing in Memphis, so go to these parties and dance like everyone’s watching (because they will be).
Also: not a bad way to get in some exercise for those waning New Year’s resolutions, right?
Feb. 18, 2017
9 p.m., 18+, $10